Back in January I made my first Toaster Sweater for Project Sewmystyle. We’ll I wasn’t really sure about any of the pattern options available from Named for December’s option, so I decided to go back to the beginning. This time I have used the other version of the pattern which has a split hem instead of a hem band, and a slightly lower neckline.
This Origami Cranes fabric has been waiting in my stash for a little while, so I cant remember where it is from. It seems to be a cotton French terry or loopback jersey with maybe a little lycra in it because it does have a good stretch. I only had 1m of fabric which required some slightly creative cutting, especially as I lengthened the body of the jumper by 10cm. I had read in quite a few reviews that it comes up fairly short, and I wanted plenty of length to keep me warm.
Due to my fabric restrictions, I had to cut the sleeve in three sections! These were fairly arbitrarily decided to make the most of my fabric, though they are at least symmetrical! There was no way I could attempt to pattern match with my limited fabric, so I just accepted the random nature of it all. You can’t even really see the seam lines in these photos.
This jumper comes together pretty simply, and the instructions and illustrations are really clear. I particularly like the mitered corners on the hem. They just look so smart! And with some careful twin needling, I was able to get around all the corners, even without being able to leave the needle down to turn. Lauren at Guthrie and Ghani has some good tips for this if you are struggling. I would love a version in Atelier Brunette French Terry like hers if I could justify the cost!
The only place where I had a slight issue was the neckline facing. It was flapping around a bit and I found it irritating, so I hand stitched it to the little loops in the back of the fabric to stop it moving around. The stitching is still invisible from the outside, but it seems to have done the job nicely. I also sewed in some ribbon to make identifying the front and back a little easier too.
I’m sure it won’t be the last time that I use this pattern. My jumper is so snuggly and soft. Just perfect for throwing on with jeans at the weekend.
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